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David Willey could replace England hero James Anderson

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Having over 400 Test wickets to his name, it is fair to say that England will miss James Anderson when he calls time upon his illustrious cricketing career.

The 33-year-old Lancastrian, known as 'the king of swing' due to his ability to swing the ball both ways, currently holds the record for most wickets taken by and Englishman in Test cricket.

However, not all is lost for England as there appears to be a more than suitable replacement beginning his international career.

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Built in the same mould, David Willey of Northamptonshire has been impressing with the white ball for England; firstly in the home series hosting New Zealand and more recently against current world champions Australia.

25-year-old Willey has shown his ability to swing the new ball for England and has already taken 12 wickets at an average of 24.08 in just six ODI's. He took the three crucial wickets in the fourth ODI against the Aussies, including their openers and captain Steven Smith, to restrict the Australian batsman in the first ten overs of their innings.

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The early signs for Willey are good, although some critics have questioned whether his pace is quick enough for Test cricket, with his bowling speed being in the low 80's. This is something that could see him punished if he no longer has the upper hand on a batsman with a swinging ball.

All-round credentials

It should be noted that Willey, like his former England international father Peter Willey, can be considered an all-rounder. In the NatWest t20 Blast, Willey has opened the batting for Northamptonshire, including in the final at Edgbaston where he added 24 runs as they lost to champions Lancashire.

Holding a high score in county cricket of 167 in a 50 over match, he knows how to accumulate runs quickly.

The left-armer even managed to finish the same match against Australia with a huge six to level the series and show his unquestionable talent with the bat.

The all-rounder will now be able to prove himself further in county cricket next season after signing terms with Division One champions Yorkshire. What will undoubtedly be a greater challenge for the player is hopefully a stepping stone on his path to becoming a seasoned international player.

With the next Ashes series in Australia being in 2016/17, it is surely in the mind of Willey to be there representing the three lions.

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